Robert Cheek &
Cynthia Dickens

Robert Cheek, son of Richard "Dixie" CHEEK & Martha "Patsy" JENNINGS, was born Jan 1867, Alleghany Co., NC; d. aft. 1940. He m. Cynthia Dickens, daughter of William DICKENS & Elizabeth WILSON, Feb. 16, 1888, Alleghany Co., NC. She was born Jan. 1869 and died aft. 1940.

Children of Robert Cheek & Cynthia Dickens:

  1. Coy Cheek, b. Nov. 12, 1887, Alleghany Co., NC; d. Nov. 12, 1918, during World War I; bur. at Arlington National Cemetery.  According to his WWI draft reg. card, which was filed in Carroll Co., VA, Coy Cheek was single and employed as a motorman for the Appalachian Power Company in Switchback, WV. Military records shows that he served as a private in Company D, 320th Infantry 80th Division. His name is on a memorial to WWI dead from Grayson Co., VA, at the Grayson County Courthouse.
  2. Mollie Emeline Cheek, b. Aug. 15, 1892, Alleghany Co., NC; m. James Blaine LOWE, son of John W. LOWE & Arabella WILSON, Mar. 26, 1909, Grayson Co., VA (b. Feb. 27, 1885, in Surry Co., NC); bur. Maple Hill Cemetery, Bluefield, Tazewell Co., VA.
  3. Gollie Verna Cheek, b. Oct. 1898, Alleghany Co., NC; d. 1931, Grayson Co., VA; m. Clayton Columbus BARTLETT, son of Richard BARTLETT & Margaret TRIMBLE, 1917, McDowell Co., WV (b. Sept. 26, 1893, d. June 27, 1927); bur. Felts Memorial Cem., Galax, VA.  Clayton C. Bartlett is buried at the McKenzie Cemetery on Route 809 in Grayson Co., VA.
  4. Bessie Cheek, b. abt. 1902, Alleghany Co., NC; d. unknown; m. James Kyle ADAMS, Feb. 16, 1919, Grayson Co., VA, son of Kenley Chapman ADAMS & Mary Jane AUSTIN(b. Nov. 13, 1898; d. Jan. 20, 1938).  James Kyle Adams is buried next to his parents at the Felts Memorial Cemetery in Galax, VA. In the 1940 census, the Adams children were living with Robert & Cynthia Cheek. It is possible Bessie had died or remarried.


Robert Cheek was born in January 1867, according to the 1900 Census.  He married Cynthia DICKENS, the daughter of William DICKENS & Elizabeth WILSON of Alleghany County on Feb. 16, 1888.  Based on census records, they had one son and three daughters.  They were living in Grayson County, VA, in 1940, then no further records.  They reportedly moved to the Midwest, possibly Kansas.


Feb. 16, 1888. Robert CHEEK, age 20, son of Richard CHEEK, Jr. & Martha (Patsy) JENNINGS, m. Cynthia DICKENS, age 19, daughter of William DICKENS & Elizabeth WILSON. (G.H. Latham, Alleghany County Marriages (Heritage Books, 1996).)

1900 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Glade Creek Twp., p. 134 (HH#99):
ROBERT L. CHEEK, b. Jan 1867, age 33, m. 13 years, NC NC NC
-- Cynthia, Jan. 1869, age 31, m. 13 years, 3 children born/3 living, NC NC NC
-- Cox, son, Nov. 1887, age 12, NC NC NC
-- Mollie E., dau, Aug. 1889, age 10, " " "
-- Gollie V., dau., Oct. 1898, age 1, " " "

Sept. 20, 1902. Robert CHEEK submitted claim against the estate of Solomon FENDER for saving crop, 90¢. (Alleghany County Court records, transcribed by Carolyn Spence.)

1910 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Old Town Dist., p.114 (HH#113):
ROBERT CHEEK, 41, m. 22 yrs, NC NC NC, occupation: laborer, furniture factory
-- Cinthia, wife, 40, m. 22 yrs, 4 children/4 living, NC NC NC
-- Coy, son, 21, NC NC NC, occupation: sander, furniture factory
-- Verna, dau, 11, NC NC NC
-- Bessie, dau, 8, NC NC NC
LOWE, Blaine, 22, m. 1 yr, NC NC VA, furniture inspector
-- Mallie, wife, 19, m. 1 yr, 1 child/1 living, NC NC NC
-- Fred B., son, 3 mos., VA NC NC

1920 Census: can't find them

1930 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Galax Twp., Dist. 4, p.13 (HH#245):
R.C. CHEEK, 65, m. at age 25, NC NC NC, laborer
-- Cynthia, wife, 64, m. at age 24, NC NC NC
1940 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Old Town Dist., Galax, Sheet 13A (HH#248):
-- Cynthia, 72, VA
BARTLETT, Clayton, grandson, 16, VA
ADAMS, Robert, grandson, 19, VA
ADAMS, Mary Beth, granddau, 17, VA
ADAMS, Evelyn, granddau, 15, VA

Deed Abstracts

May 16, 1893. Richard CHEEK, Jr., & wife Pattie, to Robert CHEEK, 48 ¾ acres in Glade Creek Twp. in 2 tracts adj. Moccasin Creek, Richard CHEEK, Vincent EDWARDS, John R. COX, C.J. TOLIVER, G.R. COX's old line, John ANDERS' old line, a branch, the big road. Signed: Richard CHEEK, Pattie (X) CHEEK. Wit: J.L. JOINES. Proved May 18, 1893. Reg. Feb. 15 ,1894. (Alleghany Co., NC, DB 9:438.)

Sept. 29, 1896. Robert CHEEK & wife Cyntha to William ANDERSON (colored), 2 acres in Glade Creek Twp. on Moccasin Creek adj. Calvin TOLIVER, Robert CHEEK, Sally ANDERS' spring branch, for $20. Signed: Robert (X) CHEEK, Cyntha CHEEK. Wits: W.R. GENTRY, H.M. CROUSE. Proved Sept. 29, 1896. Reg. Oct. 16, 1896. (Alleghany Co., NC, DB 10:597.)

July 31, 1897. Robert CHEEK & wife Cynthia to J.L. JOINES, 2 tracts in Glade Creek Twp., for $100. 1st tract: 14 acres beg. at mouth of Sallie ANDREWS' spring branch, adj. Bill ANDERSON, C.J. TOLIVER, Melvin B. COX, Moccasin Creek. 2nd: 1 acre adj. Vince EDWARDS, R. CHEEK, Jr., J.L. JOINES, & a swamp near the head of a small branch. Signed: Robert (X) CHEEK, Cynthia CHEEK. Wits: none. Proved July 31, 1897, by the grantors. Reg. Sept. 11, 1897. (Alleghany Co., NC, DB 11:337.)

July 7, 1898. J.L. JOINES & wife Sallie E. to Robt. CHEEK, 6 acres in Glade Creek Twp. adj. Robt. CHEEK, Vince EDWARDS, Rich. CHEEK, the wagon road, the Sparta road, for $40.40. Signed: J.L. JOINES, Sallie E. JOINES. Proved July 7, 1898. Reg. Aug. 3, 1898. (Alleghany Co., NC, DB 12:224.)

July 7, 1898. J.L. JOINES & wife and Robert CHEEK & wife to D.R. COX, 26 acres in Glade Creek Twp. adj. C.J. TOLIVER, M.B. COX, Sallie ANDREW's spring branch, the John ANDERS land, D.W. COX, Moccasin Creek, Flem TOLIVER. Signed: J.L. JOINES, Sallie E. JOINES, Robert (X) CHEEK, Cynthia CHEEK. Proved July 7, 1898. Reg. Nov. 25, 1898. (Alleghany Co., NC, DB 12:351.)

Nov. 20, 1903. Barney EVANS & wife Maryan to Robert CHEEK, 68 acres adj. Abraham EVANS, Joseph EVANS, Ron? KILLEN, Jack ISAACS, BRYAN, for $300. Signed: Barney EVANS, Maryan (X) EVANS. Wits: Thomas HUDSON. Proved Nov. 20, 1903, by the grantors. Reg. Dec. 23, 1903. (Alleghany Co., NC, DB 17:512.)

Nov. 20, 1903. Robert CHEEK & wife Cynthia to Barney EVANS, 25 ¾ acres adj. Vincent EDWARDS, Dr. COX, Sallie ANDERS, Wm. JENNINGS, John COX, for $300. Signed: Robert (X) CHEEK, Cynthia CHEEK. Proved Nov. 20, 1903, by the grantors. Reg. Nov. 14, 1904. (Alleghany Co., NC, DB 18:498.)

Jan. 16, 1905. Robert CHEEK & wife Cynthia to S.G. LUNDY, a tract of land on Big Pine Creek [no acreage stated] adj. Robert CHEEK, S.G. LUNDY, Barny EVANS, Abraham EVANS, BRYAN, for $400. Signed: Robert (X) CHEEK, Cynthia CHEEK. Wit: L.G. MCMILLAN. Proved Jan. [?], 1905. Reg. Feb. 16, 1905. (Alleghany Co., NC, DB 19:64.)

Jan. 23, 1905. Wm. EVANS to Robert CHEEK, 50 ¾ acres adj. B.S. EVANS, Wm. EVANS, for $125. Signed: Wm. EVANS. Wit: L.G. MCMILLAN. Proved Jan. 23, 1905. Reg. Feb. 10, 1905. (Alleghany Co., NC, DB 19:60.)

Dec. 11, 1909. Robert CHEEK & wife C.A. of Grayson Co., VA, to Fred M. EDWARDS of Alleghany Co., NC, 50 ¾ acres in Alleghany Co. adj. B.S. EVANS, S.G. LUNDY [no price stated]. Signed: Robert C. (X) CHEEK, C.A. (X) CHEEK. Wit: W.R. BALLARD. Proved Mar. 7, 1910. Reg. Mar. 10, 1910. (Alleghany Co., NC, DB 25:53.)